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Awards and Honors

2013

American Planning Association Honors PEV Plan and Parklet Toolkit

The Los Angeles section of the American Planning Association (APA) has chosen to honor the Luskin Center's Southern California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan and Atlas with the 2013 Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice. The award is given annually to a planning tool or project that represents a significant advancement to a specific type of planning practice. The Plan and Atlas were selected on criteria including originality and innovation, transferability, effectiveness, quality of analysis and graphic design. The award will be presented at the APA Los Angeles section ceremony June 13 in San Gabriel, CA.

Model Design Manual for Living Streets Receives Prestigious National Award from the American Planning Association

The American Planning Association (APA) has awarded the prestigious National Planning Achievement Award for Best Practice to the Model Design Manual for Living Streets. Ryan Snyder Associates, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and UCLAs Luskin Center and Lewis Center produced this manual with dozens of experts from across the country to provide guidance for cities seeking to update their existing road standard manuals with updated techniques and concepts. These techniques seek to ensure that all users of the streetscape, including pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders, can travel safely and comfortably. The manual also includes concepts for thinking holistically and sustainability about streetscape designs and retrofits. Colleen Callahan, deputy director of the Luskin Center, managed the section with tips and tools for creating streetscape ecosystems that are socially vibrant, economically strong and environmentally sustainable.

2013 WTS Scholarship Recipients

This year, three UCLA transportation students received WTS Scholarships.

Jaimee Lederman Jaimee Lederman is currently an Urban Planning PhD student at UCLA. Her research focuses on the intersection between transportation planning, regional governance, and the environment. Before attending UCLA, she was a practicing lawyer and also received a Masters degree in Economics. Ultimately, she would like to use this knowledge to help transportation planners best approach environmental requirements with the philosophy that incorporating environmental goals into transportation planning is a situation in which everyone wins.

Doreen Zhao Doreen Zhao is pursuing a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at UCLA. Currently, she is researching demand-responsive pricing for parking and how cities may better manage their parking supply. She is also interested in new transportation technologies and concepts, such as electric vehicles and ridesharing, and their impacts on our traditional concept of mobility and travel.

Rosa Guillen-Sanchez Rosa Guillen-Sanchez will receive an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Transportation Planning and Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles, in June of 2014. She participated in the WTS-OC 2013 Transportation Academy and is an active member of the Planners of Color for Social Equity at UCLA. Her work experience includes a current internship with the Orange County Transportation Authority and a previous internship with Orange County Works/OC Planning. She completed a research project on the commute and housing cost burdens of people who work at Disneyland and found evidence that some low-wage workers were commuting great distances in order to find affordable housing.


The WTS Foundation awards scholarships to women who are pursuing careers in transportation through undergraduate and graduate programs. The scholarships are competitive and based on the applicant's specific transportation goals, academic record and transportation-related activities or job skills. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Local Chapters may have additional requirements (such as personal interviews or higher GPA).


2012

EHEI Award Given to Model Design Manual for Living Streets

Funded by a Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant and the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles, the Model Design Manual for Living Streets (the Manual) offers guidance on innovative techniques and concepts in road design that emphasize active transportation and environmental sustainability. The Manual helps to promote specific street and intersection designs at the project level and to support broader visions for communities' transportation systems at citywide levels. Released for public use in October 2011, the Manual has been downloaded by 5,000 people nationwide and has received attention from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of the Secretary.

Parker Award for Best Transportation Policy & Planning Capstone Project

The UCLA Institute for Transportation Studies is delighted to announce that recent MURP graduate Will Domine has won the Parker Award for the best transportation policy & planning capstone project in the U.S. from the Council of University Transportation Centers. Mr. Dominie's study, entitled Is Just Growth Smarter Growth? The Effects of Gentrification on Transit Ridership and Driving in Los Angeles' Transit Station Area Neighborhoods, is a masterful and groundbreaking study of the relationships between rail transit investments, transit-oriented development (TOD), and transit use. Mr. Dominie finds that in Los Angeles, many of the new developments around rail transit stations attract higher income residents who use transit less than the generally lower income people displaced by the new development, calling into question policies that aim to increase transit patronage through TOD. Mr. Dominie is UCLA's 11th transportation policy and planning student to win an award for the best capstone, thesis, or dissertation from the Council of University Transportation Centers since 1998, by far the most of any university in the country. He is currently the Built Environment Program Specialist with Contra Costa Health Services in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Dominie will receive his award and $1,500 prize at the CUTC Banquet at the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, DC in January.

UC Outstanding Student of the Year Award

We are delighted to announce that the winner of this year's UC Outstanding Student of the Year Award is Eric Morris, who was nominated by Professor Brian Taylor. Eric received his Ph.D. from UCLA and is an Assistant Professor of Planning, Design, and the Built Environment at Clemson University. His current research focuses on transportation and subjective well-being; transportation, time use, and activity patterns; and transportation and access to employment, shopping, food, and medical care. He has a strong interest in transportation equity and disadvantaged populations. He also conducts research in the field of transportation history, and is currently co-authoring a book on the development and financing of the freeway system. Eric will join other Student-of-the-Year recipients from University Transportation Centers across the U.S. at an award ceremony this coming January right before the annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting. We also would like to extend a sincere thank you to the faculty nominators and the application review participants for their quick turnaround and thoughtful participation in this process.


2010

Colleen Callahan Wins Parker Award and Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation Fellowship Award

"The Plane Truth-Air Quality Impacts of Airport Operations and Strategies for Sustainability: A Case Study of the Los Angeles World Airports" by Colleen Callahan won the Neville A. Parker Award. Additionally she was awarded the Switzer Foundation Fellowship Award for her work. The Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation drives positive environmental change by recognizing and fostering a diverse network of environmental leaders, and mobilizing them through the Switzer Fellowship Network. Colleen Callahan was awarded academic funding and a variety of resources are offered to provide career and professional support to the Fellows during their Fellowship year and thereafter. More Information

Chandini Singh wins AICP Outstanding Student Award

The American Institute of Certified Planners Outstanding Student Awards recognizes outstanding attainment in the study of planning by students graduating from Planning Accreditation Board–accredited planning programs during the academic year of the award. Chandini Singh received this honor for the 2009-2010 school year.


2009

American Planning Association (APA) Scholarship

The American Planning Association (APA)'s Planning Fellowship Program Scholarship was awarded the 2008-2009 school year to Cecilia Garcia at UCLA. Cecilia Garcia joined the UARS Systems unit in June 2004. Cecilia worked in UARS for four years as a student worker while working towards her bachelor’s degree in Sociology.

Chester Rapkin Award for Best Planning Article awarded to Donald Shoup

The Chester Rapkin Award for the Best Paper in the Journal of Planning Education and Research is awarded annually. All papers published in the Journal are automatically considered. Members of the award committee are appointed by the Editors of the Journal. This year the Chester Rapkin Award was won by Donal Shoup for his article titled "Graduated Density Zoning."

California Planning Foundation Outstanding Student Award

The 2009 CPF Outstanding Student Award was earned by Clare Fox. These scholarships are awarded statewide based on an application and selection process by the CPF Board. These scholarships are designed for continuing students entering their final year of an undergraduate or master's degree accredited planning program. Criteria for the scholarships include academic performance, professional promise in advancing excellent planning in California, financial need, and increasing diversity in the profession of planning.


2008


2007

UP Grad Wins Parker Award from Council of University Transportation Centers Andrea Osgood (MA UP ’07) Wins for Project on Allocating On-Street Parking for Carsharing

Urban Planning student Andrea L. Osgood won the 2007 Neville A. Parker Award for her work, Curb Dreams: Allocating On-Street Parking for Carsharing. An Analysis of Local Government Agencies Options for Encouraging Carsharing Use Through On-Street Parking Programs


2006

Steve Crosley - winner of the Neville A. Parker Award from the Council of University Transportation Centers

Steve Crosley (M.A., Urban Planning, 2006) has been selected to receive the Neville A. Parker Award from the Council of University Transportation Centers for his UCLA client project The Choices of Choice Riders -- Demand for Light Rail Transit in the Polycentric City: A Look at Culver City and the Mid-City/Exposition Line.


2005

Paul Sorensen - selected for ENO Leadership Development Conference

Urban Planning second-year student Paul A. Sorensen has been selected to attend the 13th annual Leadership Development Conference on transportation public policy sponsored by the ENO Transportation Foundation. The conference is set for May 23-27 in Washington, D.C.


2004

Educational Grants and Fellowships

UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program: Camille Fink

Departmental and University Awards and Honors

Outstanding Graduating Doctoral Student: Hiro Iseki
Katherine Gouvias Fellowship: Timothy Papandreou
Leon Hoffman Fellowship for Urban and Information Technology: Kendra Vernon
Michael S. Dukakis Internship Stipend: Amy Ford
UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Award: Timothy Papandreou
UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies Graduate Research Grant: Amy Ford, Kevin Holliday

State and Regional Awards and Honors

Ava Doner Memorial Scholarship, Women's Transportation Seminar: Camille Fink
California Planning Foundation Student Scholarship: Gabriela Juarez
California Planning Foundation Continuing Student Merit Award: Paul Sorensen
State of California Toxic Substances Research Award: Lisa Schweitzer

National and International Awards and Honors

American Planning Association (APA) Judith McManus Pricec Scholarship: Gabriela Juarez
Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship: Camille Fink

Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Award for Outstanding Non-Thesis Masters Degree Paper in Policy and Planning: Camille Fink

Camille Fink won the 2004 award for the best (non-thesis) masters capstone project from the Council of University Transportation Centers for her terrorism security assessment of Union Station in Los Angeles. The winners of these awards are selected via double-blind reviews by panels of faculty members from CUTC member universities from around the U.S.


2003

Departmental and University Awards and Honors

Eugene Cota Robles Fellowship: Camille Fink
Julie Roque Award: Heather Burton

National and International Awards and Honors

Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Charles Wooten Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation in Policy and Planning: Jeffrey Brown
Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Charles Wooten Award for Outstanding Thesis in Policy and Planning: Kathleen Rogers
Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Award for Outstanding Non-Thesis Masters Degree Paper in Policy and Planning: Heather Burton
Eno Transportation Foundation Fellowship: Allison Yoh
Presidential Management Intern Award: Camille Fink, Susan Herre
Rodney Slater Student Award: Allison Yoh

State and Regional Awards and Honors

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Outstanding Student Award: Susan Herre
Ava Doner Memorial Scholarship, Women's Transportation Seminar: Caroline Forger
California Planning Foundation Outstanding Student Scholarship: Amy Ford
University of California Transportation Center (UCTC) Student of the Year Award: Lisa Schweitzer

Educational Grants and Fellowships

UCLA Office of Instructional Development Grant, UP 149 (Transportation Geography), Fall 2003, Allison Yoh, Teaching Assistant, $1,000


2002

Departmental and University Awards and Honors

Dean's Award for Overall Excellence: Dennis Farmer
Harvey S. Perloff Scholarship: Camille Fink
Julie Roque Award: Lisa Schweitzer
Title VI Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship: Eric Eidlin

State and Regional Awards and Honors

Ava Doner Memorial Scholarship, Women's Transportation Seminar: Camille Fink
Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship, Women's Transportation Seminar: Lisa Schweitzer
University of California Transportation Center (UCTC) Dissertation Fellowship: Jeffrey Brown

National and International Awards and Honors

Eno Transportation Foundation Fellowship: Daniel Chatman


2001

Departmental And University Awards and Honors

Chancellor's Fellowship: Allison Yoh
Graduate Opportunity Fellowship: Camille Fink
Julie Roque Award: Peter Brown
Title VI Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship: Eric Eidlin

State and Regional Awards and Honors

California Planning Foundation Academic Achievement Award, Continuing Student: Dennis Farmer
University of California Transportation Center (UCTC) Student of the Year Award: Jeffrey Brown

Departmental and University Awards and Honors

California Planning Foundation Academic Achievement Award, Continuing Student: Dennis Farmer
University of California Transportation Center (UCTC) Student of the Year Award: Jeffrey Brown

National and International Awards and Honors

Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship: Lisa Schweitzer
Eno Transportation Foundation Fellowship: Jeffrey Brown
Transportation Research Board's Pyke Johnson Award (for the best paper in the area of planning and administration of transportation facilities): Hiroyuki Iseki and Mark Garrett, co-authored with Professor Brian Taylor

Wootan PhD Award given to Dr. Mary Jane Breinholt

Dr. Mary Jane Breinholt was the recipient of the Charles V. Wootan Award for the best Ph.D. dissertation in transportation studies. Awarded by the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC).


2000

State and Regional Awards and Honors

Chancellor's Fellowship: Lisa Schweitzer
Dean's Award for Overall Excellence: Gian-Claudia Sciara
Michael S. Dukakis Internship Stipend: Allison Yoh

Departmental and University Awards and Honors

Chancellor's Fellowship: Lisa Schweitzer
Dean's Award for Overall Excellence: Gian-Claudia Sciara
Michael S. Dukakis Internship Stipend: Allison Yoh

National and International Awards and Honors

American Planning Association Transportation, Planning Division, Best Research Paper in the Graduate Student Division: Gian-Claudia Sciara
Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship: Daniel Chatman
Eno Transportation Foundation Fellowship: Gian-Claudia Sciara
Presidential Management Intern (PMI) Award: Scott Perley


1999

National and International Awards and Honors

Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Charles Wooten Award for Outstanding Thesis in Policy and Planning: Philip Law
Eno Transportation Foundation Fellowship: Andrew Mondschein

State and Regional Awards and Honors

American Public Transit Foundation Transit Hall of Fame Scholarship and Donald C. Hyde Memorial Essay Contest: Roy Choi

Departmental and University Awards and Honors

Dean's Award for Overall Excellence: Andrew Mondschein
Harvey S. Perloff Scholarship: Gian-Glaudia Sciara


1998

National and International Awards and Honors

Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Charles Wooten Award for Outstanding Thesis in Policy and Planning: Jeffrey Brown
Dwight D. Eisenhower Research Fellowship: Daniel Hess
Eno Transportation Foundation Fellowship: Mark Garrett
Presidential Management Intern (PMI) Award: Trent Lethco

Departmental and University Awards and Honors

Dean's Award for Overall Excellence: Jeffrey Brown
Eugene Cota Robles Fellowship: Jeffrey Brown


1997

State and Regional Awards and Honors

California Planning Foundation Academic Achievement Award, Graduating Student: Kathleen Rogers

Educational Grants and Fellowships

UCLA Office of Instructional Development Grant, UP 192 (Urban Policy and Planning), Spring 1997, Eugene Kim, Teaching Assistant, $500

National and International Awards and Honors

Dwight D. Eisenhower Research Fellowship: Anthony Campagna
Eno Transportation Foundation Fellowship: Eugene Kim


1996

State and Regional Awards and Honors

American Planning Association (APA) Planning Fellowship: Anthony Campagna
California Planning Foundation Academic Achievement Award, Continuing Student: Kathleen Forrest Rogers
California Planning Foundation Academic Achievement Award, Graduating Student: William S. McCullough III

Educational Grants and Fellowships

UCLA Office of Instructional Development Grant, UP 191 (Introduction to Cities and Planning), Winter 1996, Gail Sansbury, Teaching Assistant, $500


1995

Departmental and University Awards and Honors

Harvey S. Perloff Scholarship: Priya Girishankar


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